Days of Summer


By Bill Chenevert

Monday, June 16: Showtime welcomes Weeds back for a fourth season, and devotees can expect 13 new episodes every week starting tonight. 2007 Out 100 honoree Mary-Louise Parker plays her torn, dimensional character, Nancy Botwin, so fabulously (remember, she won the Golden Globe for her skills), and this time around she and the kids are heading to a beach community near Tijuana to live with her nasty father-in-law (Albert Brooks) and wreak their signature havoc. If you need to get caught up, Season 3 just came out -- get it here. In the meantime, check out this notorious clip of Nancy's brother, Andy, explaining to his nephew the proper way to get his rocks off here, then watch a preview of Season 4 here.

Tuesday, June 17: Craig Seymour is a pop music writer for two major newspapers, he holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland -- and he used to strip in D.C. while obtaining said advanced degree. You can get all the quirky details by picking up Seymour's fascinating memoir All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C., out today. Read an excerpt here, then order it here. Then grab controversial singer Katy Perry's One of the Boys, also out today. A few listens of her ridiculously fun pop gems, "I Kissed a Girl" and "UR So Gay," and you'll be begging her to call you her very own Main Gay. Watch the video for "Kissed" here and read her Q&A with Out here.

Wednesday, June 18: Don't pretend like the water sports aren't your favorite summer Olympic moments. Get an early dose of swimming, diving, and water polo in the next four days and nights as queer athletes and performers pull up their Speedos for D.C.'s IGLA Aquatics Championships. Don't miss the Pink Flamingo competition, a combination of dancing, synchronized swimming, costumes, and ultra-gayness. Check out this Mikasa ad to entice you and then the IGLA website to consult the calendar.